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Battling Addiction

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Battling Addiction

 As the midnight moon slowly  traced
its way across the starry sky it graced
The urge for a hit  held him in a  seductive  embrace
As cold sweat dripped from his face
The crack pipe was calling him out of his bed
Unable to resist,  he rose to feed his habit  instead

Addiction tortures the body and mind
Sapping the will and ravaging the soul
Shattering to pieces what was once whole
And leaving  just the shell behind
Family and friends tried  to find
ways to help, and make him see the light
 But the call of the pipe was too hard to resist
His hopes and his dreams went up in the mist

With the help of a higher power he enrolled in a rehab program
He finally realized   that he should  give a dam
And tried to get his life back on track
Before he died of a heart attack
Cocaine, alcohol, ecstasy, crack
Can become the monkey you cant get off your back

It's been three years since he hit the pipe
An addiction that almost destroyed his life
He lost everything, including his wife
He goes to meetings three times a week
If he should relapse  the havoc it would wreak
He now had the power to fight the craves
Either that or end up in a grave

As the midnight moon made its way across the sky
He thanked heaven above that he no longer got high











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  1. Date: 3/10/2013 9:03:00 PM

    JOSEPH, :-) CONGRATULATIONS in Anne's "Battling Addiction" contest.. I think very highly of Miss Anne, take care~ LINDA

  1. Date: 3/9/2013 10:04:00 AM

    Just FYI, this was actually supposed to be a first place winner... I got overwhelmed judging 45 poems so I think I made some booboos along the way. Anyways, this was absolutely perfect for my contest in every way. Thank you so much for participating and my warmest congratulations to you. Hugs!

    May Avatar Joseph May Date: 3/9/2013 1:06:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    thank you Anne....glad I was able to place....hugs
  1. Date: 3/9/2013 5:54:00 AM

    Congratulations on your win Joseph xx

  1. Date: 3/8/2013 11:27:00 AM

    Congrats on your win, good job :)

  1. Date: 3/7/2013 7:32:00 PM

    Congratulations Joseph....great job!

  1. Date: 2/22/2013 1:29:00 PM

    Yes awesome and an awesome journey, life is full of addictions ;) Light & Love

  1. Date: 2/22/2013 12:18:00 AM

    Awesome, poem, Joseph! The rhyming, the effortless flow and most of all a very serious theme. Addiction is powerful as it is terrible. Always, Annalise

  1. Date: 2/21/2013 12:52:00 PM

    Amazing journey of addiction and the struggles..hurts everyone involved in a persons circle of love....wonderful job

    May Avatar Joseph May Date: 2/21/2013 7:30:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    thank you Donna
  1. Date: 2/21/2013 8:39:00 AM

    wow this is amazing poetry, one that injects so much feeling into this reader.. thanks Joseph

    May Avatar Joseph May Date: 2/21/2013 7:29:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    thanks Harry
  1. Date: 2/21/2013 4:26:00 AM

    Wooow......amazing done Joseph!!! - Luck in contest !!! - Have a nice day. - oxox / / Anne-Lise :)

    May Avatar Joseph May Date: 2/21/2013 7:29:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    thanks Anne...hugs
  1. Date: 2/20/2013 10:53:00 PM

    I think you did an awesome job with this difficult topic, Joseph. I expect to be seeing this one on the winners list!

  1. Date: 2/20/2013 9:08:00 PM

    What a great poem, if its about you, i praise you, keep strong. If figment of imagination well done....Seren

    May Avatar Joseph May Date: 2/21/2013 7:28:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    No Seren it is not me.... I was never addicted to crack...